Posts Tagged ‘hinting’

Dave Bergsland Gets a Virtual Standing Ovation!

Jimmy (Der Fontmeister) raves:

Yesterday morning we had a spectacular webinar with David Bergsland (Author of Practical Font Design – link:

I gotta say, after many years of handling font tech questions, I’ve never seen anything like what Dave does. I am grateful to the many genius designers I’ve learned from but nobody has ever blown my mind like this guy did.

He nonchalantly shared some tips about using the font blue zones and font mask to overlay his parts library on top of the glyphs as he develops them. Suddenly, problems stand out like a sore thumb! Hinting and optical illusion issues are avoided, etc. etc. I COULD go on –suffice it to say the audience gave him a standing ovation via the chat window!!!

This is a MUST SEE… In case you missed it here’s the registration link to watch the recorded version:

If you’ve already registered you can view the recording at:

Webinar Recordings

Our “Hinting” webinar this last Tuesday went off very well, with several of the attendees asking for more. Well you can’t reduce ten years of experience into just a single hour, so Monika will be back early next year with another hinting webinar – this one on more advanced topics.
Many people have asked about the webinar recordings. Yes, they are available. They are not up on the website yet, but they are available by direct link.
For the “Beyond Basics” webinar, people who have already registered can browse to
and you will have immediate access to the recording.
For those who have not registered you will need to register first at
and then you will be directed to the same URL as above to view the recording.

Similarly for the “Hinting” webinar, registrants can just go directly to
while others can register first at
and then go to the recording.

P.S. Remember if you have trouble registering that the system doesn’t tolerate popup blockers well, especially in Safari or Chrome. You might want to try registering using Firefox or IE.

FontLab hinting webinar sells out in three hours

Yes, it took only about 170 minutes from the time the announcement hit the web to fill all 23 of the available slots in Monika Bartels’ upcoming Fontlab tutorial webinar on hinting (“Hinting: The Design After the Design” on Tuesday, October 8, 11:00 AM). Who knew there was such a thirst for this arcane knowledge?

Certainly not us. We figured we might have trouble getting a couple dozen interested people together.

Of course we had a hint (pun intended). Just a week or so earlier Jimmy’s “Beyond the Basics: Font Editing Tips and Techniques” webinar had sold out in 9 hours. We sense a pattern.

So in view of the obvious demand we’re going to increase the available seats (retroactively even!) at our webinars. We were limited to 25 (but had to save a couple spots for the host and/or presenter), but now we’ve upped it to 200.

That means that if you tried to register for the hinting webinar but were told it was already full, or had problems with registration and it didn’t “take”, then you now have a “Get out of jail free” card. Just go back to the registration URL ( and sign up and it should let you in with no problems. As long as we stay under 200 people 🙂

This even applies to people who wanted to get into Jimmy’s first webinar (“Beyond the Basics – Font Editing Tips & Techniques” on Tuesday, September 17). Of course you can’t go back in time and participate, but we did make a recording. Until today you couldn’t view the recording because it was limited to only the original participants. But our new 200 limit now applies to that recording as well, so you can go back to the original registration URL ( for that webinar and sign up and you’ll get to see Jimmy explain all about the optical illusions of type design and a bunch of other neat stuff.

Just about an hour ago I sent out the invitations for Jimmy’s next webinar, “Son of Beyond Basics”. In this sequel der Fontmeister will go a bit further into the mysteries of type design and reveal even more tips and techniques – and answer questions. It will probably be about half new stuff and half a recapitulation of the most important points from the first Beyond Basics webinar. The registration URL is

One caveat about registering: AnyMeeting (the webinar system) seems to have a little problem with some browsers – especially if popup blocking is enabled. So if you’re using Chrome or Safari it would be a good idea to turn off the popup blocker. And if that doesn’t work then try Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Color fonts. Overview of the proposals for color extensions of the OpenType font format.

Although Fontlab Ltd. debuted the Photofont technology some 8 years ago, the typographic community did not show much interest for multi-color fonts or typography. In 2013, it changed. Actually, this started a few years ago with Apple introducing the color emoji font into iOS, and then Mac OS X 10.7. Now, all major industry players (Apple, Adobe, Mozilla, Google and Microsoft) have proposed their formats, which aim to extend the OpenType font format by the ability of including color glyph information. The proposals differ in many aspects. Below is a discussion of the proposals along with some personal comments.

This article is very technical. No completeness or correctness of the information presented below, and all views are personal.

The video tutorial by Adam Twardoch accompanies this article by providing a more practical take on color font creation issues.